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Cat-ching Up 27 October, 2011

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Sign of the Cat

Sign of the Cat

A thousand pardons for the long lapse in reporting! This post summarizes GM weekends from September 16 through October 14.

9-16 Responding to a huge party in Zilker Park, we did our own ACL, but it stood for All Cats Loved. That naturally followed the dog theme back in August, and shows how much we admire all our furry friends. See the song list here.

9-23 For the Fall Equinox, which begins the Season of Earth, we heard lyrics about land, dirt, sand, and other terrestrial subjects. Song list

9-30 sounded like a time of day, but was also that of Saint Sophia, the co-opted Goddess of Wisdom. Mozart supplied the intellectual sonic background. We held several brainy conversations and ate smart food. What else could you expect?

10-07 In celebration of Niels Bohr’s birthday, the ideas were of all things atomic: electrons, protons, neutrons, and quanta. I found the theme song from Atom Ant but missed Nukes in the News.

10-14 I doubt if anyone else in Texas or the US for that matter noticed this 945th anniversary of the Battle of Hastings. We spoke with French and English accents, sipped French wine and English ale, and enjoyed all manner of cheeses and hors d’uvres. Our singing friends Los Dos regaled us with several belligerent songs.


Soon to come: more Backyard Theater concerts!

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Fine Wining 15 September, 2011

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Texas Wines Get Sacked

Texas Wines Get Sacked

Friday, September 9: After another enlightening adwineture at the Kerrville Wine and Music Fest, we brought home our new-found regional favorites and knowledge to the Green Man. One of our most interesting bottles was La Cuvée du Saule from Calais in Dallas. Benjamin, the young French vintner who introduced the drink at a seminar last weekend, spoke with an engaging accent about his operation, the wine’s uses over fruit salads, and the traditional methods of its making. This dessert white derives from 100% muscat grapes and reminds us of a port of a different color. Although we sipped its sweetness in summer’s warmth, we think the Cuvée will be worth reprising as soon as the weather turns winter-cold.

Other folks brought reds, whites, and rosés and even a beer or two. As testament to our patrons’ enjoyment, we used most of our ample collection of stemmed wine glasses, almost all of which we’d acquired as souvenirs from many Kerrville tastings.

What songs come to mind when you think of the noble grape? Below is the playlist of wine-worthy tunes we heard that night:

artist song
Johann Strauss, Jr. Wine, Women and Song
Nightcaps Wine Wine Wine
Little Feat Willin’
Neil Diamond Cracklin’ Rosie
Weavers Kisses Sweeter Than Wine
Screamin’ Jay Hawkins Alligator Wine
Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazlewood Summer Wine
Elton John Elderberry Wine
Henry Mancini The Days Of Wine And Roses
Nina Simone Lilac Wine
Delbert McClinton Two More Bottles of Wine
Tommy James & The Shondells Sweet Cherry Wine
Deana Carter Strawberry Wine
Don Ho Tiny Bubbles
Jimmy Gilmer & the Fireballs Bottle of Wine
Linda Ronstadt Willin’
5th Dimension Sweet Blindness
Joni Mitchell A Case of You
Paul Anka A Steel Guitar and a Glass of Wine
Jerry Jeff Walker Sangria Wine
Tom T Hall Old Dogs, Children and Watermelon Wine
Dean Martin Little Ol’ Wine Drinker Me
Eric Burdon & War Spill The Wine
Neil Diamond Red, Red Wine
Willie Nelson Yesterday’s Wine
Dallas Frazier Elvira
Limelighters Have Some Madeira M’Dear
Peter, Paul and Mary Kisses Sweeter Than Wine
Jimmy Buffett The Wino And I Know
George Carlin Wonderful WINO
Laura Nyro Sweet Blindness
Jeff Buckley Lilac Wine


 

Austin 40 31 August, 2011

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Jester Center, UT Campus

Jester Center, UT Campus

Friday, August 26: Far out, man! The seventies came back with a fury this past weekend as our friends, neighbors, and colleagues sent up my 40 years in the Capital City. I wore bell-bottoms, tie-dye, patchouli oil, and a headband. We consumed beer, wine, broccoli salad, and a rice dish while grooving to great rock songs of that era. High school alumna Maureen G and myself well-represented the many Corpus folk who now live in Central Texas.

Here is a photo of my first home in Austin. With a capacity of 3,000, Jester dormitory remains the world’s largest nonmilitary housing complex. The facility has its own ZIP code. Some resident students come from towns not even that big. Despite its much-reviled huge scale and presumed bad food, I thoroughly enjoyed my time in Jester, staying two years and gaining 20 pounds. My first roommate was Joe Hendricks, a gymnast from New Mexico and a luck-of-the-draw choice. Second was Clark Parrish, whom I had befriended as a freshman.

The Green Man party began around 7:00 with the first guest who heard Lee Michaels’ Do You Know What I Mean. We ended almost three hours later and hadn’t gotten past the summer of ’72 with the tunes’ chronological order. We will either continue the 70s celebration on a near-future Friday, or wait until next August for the 40th anniversary of my second year in Austin. Stay tuned!

Below is a snippet of my hand-lettered song list from the collection sequenced in 1981 on a reel-to-reel recorder:

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Click to Enlarge

 

Gone to the Dogs 16 August, 2011

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Spotlight on Jubee

Spotlight on Jubee

Friday, Aug. 12: Arf, arf, and arf. Oh, did I mention arf? This night’s theme’s bark was much milder than its bite. With dog days behind us on the calendar only, we invited pups from all over to help us lionize Man’s Beast Friend. Alas, Jubee was our only representative of any breed—but for that we didn’t brood. Our tongues wagged nonetheless, and the GM patrons told tales of hounds gone by.


My childhood curs, Rudy and Stanley, were mixed collie-terriers. They lived strictly outdoors. After coming to Austin and dwelling in a succession of dorms, apartments, duplexes, and houses, I lost dog appreciation and became a devoted cat person. Not until I met Lina did I rediscover canine charms. She owned the comical Fat Sammy (miss him) and Jubee (still with us), both inside-outside pets. As an aside, a string of felines owned us through the years, but we’re down to one cat, Sleeky Squirt. She will likely get her special theme party soon enough.


Faithfully following is the lineup of all the mongrel melodies I could locate in one day. I was surprised at the list’s lack of length. What could you add?


artist title

time

Patti Page How Much Is That Doggie in the Window?

2:07

Beatles Martha My Dear

2:28

Monkees Gonna Buy Me A Dog

2:44

Harry Nilsson Me and My Arrow

2:04

Henry Gross Shannon

3:48

Big Mama Thornton Hound Dog

2:48

Baha Men Who Let the Dogs Out?

3:14

Tom Waits Rain Dogs

2:51

Everly Brothers Bird Dog

2:12

Lobo Me and You and a Dog Named Boo

3:04

Rufus Thomas Walking the Dog

2:24

Laurie Anderson Walk the Dog

5:49

Cat Stevens Was Dog a Doughnut?

4:09

Nick Drake Black-Eyed Dog

3:31

Nitty Gritty Dirt Band & Teddy Mr. Bojangles

5:02

Beatles Hey Bulldog

3:09

Led Zeppelin Black Dog

4:55

Underdog theme

1:11

David Bowie Diamond Dogs

6:07

Procol Harum A Salty Dog

5:33

Pink Floyd Dogs

9:48


 

Acoustic Punk 10 August, 2011

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The Second Opinion belts out the tunes.

The Second Opinion belts out tunes.

Friday, Aug. 5: Once again, the Backyard Theater filled the warm evening air with music and lyrics—this time from the four- and six-string guitars and voice of The Second Opinion, perhaps Central Texas’ only unamplified group that plays all your punk-rock favorites. Its personnel are Robyn Gammill and Alex Lewis, who have played together for several years. Robyn is also half of the duo known as Strategic Biscuit, the band that debuted our stage this past May.

In keeping with the expected Green Man merriment, we all relished the pot-luck feast and beverage selection everyone contributed. By 7:40 or so, the neighborhood shadows had helped mitigate the day’s record-shattering temperatures. A breeze through that shade made the evening quite tolerable.

Backyard Theater patrons

Backyard Theater patrons

The first set set the mood for the whole night, with Robyn’s rockin’ vocalizations and Alex’s steady bottom beat. The appreciative audience chimed in on several hits, granting an air of participation to this intimate gathering.

As day turned to dusk, other talents stepped up to the stage and added variety to the concert. In his second appearance at the BYT, Noah Hodge banged his melodious improvisations on a borrowed guitar. Noah’s childhood friend Courtney graced us with with several unaccompanied songs, then collaborated with young Hodge to crank out some blues.

No & Co

No and Co

But impromptu soul was by no means the extent of our musical diversity that fair Frigga’s. Ahead of The Second Opinion’s final offering was an even fresher act, the Barrett Lewis Experience. Younger brother to the bassist, this diminutive artist let us know what life’s like living with diabetes. Could this be the world’s first musical expression of that challenging condition?

SO with Barrett

SO with Barrett

Other stories too numerous to recount here contributed to a most enlightening and fun time. Don’t miss the next billing!

 

By the Numbers 7 August, 2011

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a One and a Two and a Three . . .

a One and a Two and a Three . . .

Fri, July 29: Another reason to celebrate this year’s seventh month was that it contained five (5) complete weekends of FridaySaturdaySundays—what better reason for hearing songs based on math. For the final July series, we asked our guests to bring their favorite quantities of something to share, so we got one keg of beer, two bowls of guacamole, three bags of chips, four calling birds, etc.

You can always count on Green Man to produce an entertaining evening, so what follows is that night’s list of melodies, played in numerical order:

artist title

time

Len Barry 1, 2, 3

2:27

Carole King One Fine Day

2:29

1910 Fruitgum Company 1, 2, 3 Red Light

2:06

Beatles One After 909

2:55

Bob Dylan One More Night

2:24

Three Dog Night One Is the Loneliest Number

2:55

Spinners One of a Kind (Love Affair)

3:19

Captain and Tenille Do That to Me One More Time

4:10

Another One Bites the Dust Queen

3:33

Grover Washington Jr. featuring Bill Withers Just the Two of Us

7:25

Beatles Two of Us

3:19

King Crimson Three of a Perfect Pair

4:13

Tony Orlando and Dawn Knock Three Times

3:28

Dave Dudley Six Days on the Road

2:23

Jimi Hendrix If 6 Was 9

5:33

Eagles Seven Bridges Road

3:00

Frazier Chorus Cloud 8

3:31

Beatles Eight Days a Week

2:41

Dolly Parton 9 to 5

2:38

Ray Price Heartaches By the Number

2:56

Searchers Love Potion No. 9

1:58

Beatles Revolution 9

8:21

John Lennon No. 9 Dream

4:40

karaoke style Ten Little Indians

0:26

Bruce Springsteen Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out

2:59

Tennessee Ernie Ford Sixteen Tons

2:33

Ringo Starr You’re 16 (You’re Beautiful & You’re Mine)

2:43

Crests Sixteen Candles

2:52

Chuck Berry Sweet Little 16

3:01

Janis Ian At Seventeen

3:57

Frank Sinatra When I Was Seventeen, It Was A Very Good Year

4:29

Cat Stevens 18th Avenue

4:14

Rolling Stones 19th Nervous Breakdown

4:00

Steely Dan Hey, Nineteen

2:10

Chicago 25 or 6 to 4

4:54

Humble Pie 30 Days in the Hole

3:53

Paul Simon 50 Ways to Leave Your Lover

3:15

Elton John Sixty Years On

4:36

Music Man cast Seventy-Six Trombones

3:02

Question Mark & the Mysterians 96 Tears

3:00

Beach Boys 409

2:00

David Bowie 1984

3:19

Spirit 1984

3:35

Peter, Paul and Mary 500 Miles

2:42

Proclaimers 500 Miles

3:37

Cannibal and the Headhunters Land of 1000 dances

2:04

Rolling Stones 2000 Light Years From Home

4:51

Zager & Evans In The Year 2525

3:14

 

. . . and the Moon was Full

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Full of Moon

Full of Moon

Fri, July 15: Following up on the previous week’s schizoid songs, we turned to a related theme, that of the Full Moon herself. Again, in all my years of music programming, I hadn’t done one on Moon themes. Many, many more will likely come to the reader’s mind. Please feel free to post your own suggestions via the comments feature here on the blog.

Meanwhile, I promise you the Moon:

artist title

time

JPGR (Beatles) Mr. Moonlight

2:41

Grateful Dead Mountains of the Moon

4:07

Nick Drake Pink Moon

4:04

Don Franks, Petula Clark Old Devil Moon

4:04

Billie Holiday East of the Sun (and West of the Moon)

2:56

Willie Nelson Moonlight in Vermont

3:23

Harry Nilsson Moonbeam Song

3:22

Debussey Clair de Lune

4:42

Fats Waller By the Light of the Silvery Moon

3:10

Kate Smith When the Moon Comes Over the Mountain

3:04

Ella Fitzgerald It’s Only a Paper Moon

2:45

Julie London Fly Me to the Moon

2:33

Frank Sinatra Full Moon and Empty Arms

3:10

Dorothy Lamour Moon of Manakoora

2:46

Barbra Streisand Woman In The Moon

2:24

Beach Boys Surfer Moon

2:14

Rolling Stones Moonlight Mile

5:56

Cat Stevens Moon Shadow

2:46

Fred Mitchim Shoot for the Moon

3:16

King Crimson Moonchild

2:30

Fun Boy Three The Lunatics Have Taken Over the Asylum

3:14

Jerry Wallace In the Misty Moonlight

2:57

Les Paul & Mary Ford How High the Moon

2:02

Hank Williams Howlin’ at the Moon

2:44

Elvis Presley Blue Moon of Kentucky

2:01

Red Rider Lunatic Fringe

4:23

Pink Floyd Brain Damage/Eclipse

4:52

R.E.M Man on the Moon

4:40

George Harrison Here Comes the Moon

3:58

Jonathan King Everyone’s Gone to the Moon

2:20

Gale Storm Dark Moon

2:27

Credence Clearwater Revival Bad Moon Rising

2:20

k.d. lang & The Reclines Full Moon Full of Love

2:49

Neil Young Harvest Moon

4:54

Beethoven Moonlight Sonata

5:40

Henry Mancini Moon River

2:44

Michael Nesmith & First National Band Silver Moon

3:11

Old & In The Way Midnight Moonlight

6:12

Marcels Blue Moon

2:13

Van Morrison Moondance

4:39

Neville Brothers Yellow Moon

3:58